There are thousands of websites who are publishing hateful literature for Islam and Muslims, recently I saw a blog publishing poor articles about our holy prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H). Immediately I submitted a complain about that blog at WordPress team as the blog was hosted with them.
But it is hard for any online community site to take an action against anyone on a single complaint. Internet and Community sites are a very strong media these days and we have to accept this fact. Also it is possible now for everyone that he/she can express himself to the world through online media sites.
Media has grown very strong in Pakistan in last few years and there are a lot of T.V Channels are working, but unfortunately their purpose is not that what non-Muslim community is using for their media for. Non-Muslim community is widely using their media to develop hate against Muslim world. Unfortunately Muslim media is not taking their responsibilities as serious and unable to develop a true image of Muslims and Islamic world.
Media is a power and we have to understand it, only by using this power for the right purpose we can survive in the future. It is our responsibility to prevent our Religion, our country and our society from non-Muslim media attacks. In other words we can say ‘Preaching Islam on Electronic Media’
Regarding current community sites and Internet, following are a few suggestions we can act upon to start performing our responsibilities.
- Report a blog if it is publishing wrong facts about Islam and inform your contacts about this also.
- Alternatively copy the tags used in that blog/post and create a new post at your blog or forum with the correct facts about the same issue that are posted wrong at other blog. So that search engines will index both blogs/posts (yours and the one that is posted wrong) and if anybody search for that at search engine, instead of getting only wrong post they will find both right and wrong posts.
- Flag it if you find a hateful video about Islam on YouTube, choose appropriate category of your complain and then write the reason of complain, so that youtube.com team bans that video.
- Publish more and more Islam literature on Face book, YouTube, Your blog/forum and let your friends see that. In Islamic literature you may have videos, collection of Dua’s. Photos of holy places. Remember to add suitable tags for your stuff, so that people can see that through search engine.
- Become an author at wikipedia.com and participate in correcting Islam articles, adding more articles and discussions on issues.
These are all our Electronic responsibilities, in our busy scheduled life we are not doing anything for the sake of our religion and our country, But it was given to us as a responsibility by Messenger of Allah in his address to the Muslims on hajj. That we have to preach Islam and We have to fight against wrong and protect Islam. Although more we can’t do but if we can protect our Religion over electronic media, we should do that.
May be Allah reward us on our few efforts
Note: This article is also published at ‘The Pakistani Spectator‘ with the Title ‘Our Electronic Responsibilities’